Guarantors of Brain Programme Stream

Guarantors of Brain Programme Stream

The Guarantors of Brain is a Special Partner for the 2023 International  Festival of Neuroscience, and has convened a series of sessions running through the Festival covering a wide range of topics - see details below.

The Guarantors of Brain is a charity that aims to promote teaching, education and research in neurology and related clinical-academic disciplines, funded by the publications of the Journal BRAIN and BRAIN Comms. The Charity was founded in 1955 with a body of Guarantors drawn from leading British Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Neurosurgeons, Neurophysiologists and Neuroscientists. They work in partnership with the Association of British Neurologists for the Brain Clinical Research Fellowship Scheme.

The BNA-Brain Carer grants, supported by the Guarantors of Brain, help carers to participate in neuroscience activities by meeting some of the additional costs faced by those with caring responsibilities. If you're a carer attending BNA2023 (or other eligible activities) then submit an application here. 

Sunday 23rd April 2023

16:20-18:00 BST:  Neurological effects of COVID-19 (Full information)
Session convened by the Guarantors of Brain
Topic: Other neurological disorders
Avindra Nath, NIH, Bethesda, USA: Neurovascular injury with complement activation and inflammation in COVID-19 OR Acute and chronic neurological disorders in COVID-19: potential mechanisms of disease (co-chair)
Michael Lunn, UCL, London, UK: Epidemiological and cohort study finds no association between COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré syndrome 
Marcel Woo, University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany: Cognitive deficits after recovery from COVID-19
Sijia Zhao, University of Oxford, UK: Rapid vigilance and episodic memory decrements in COVID-19 survivors (co-chair)


Monday 24th April 2023

15:30 - 17:10 BST Advances in fundamental and clinical neurosciences (Full information)
Session convened by the Guarantors of Brain.
Topic: Treatments and translational neuroscience 
Britta Eickholt, Charite, Berlin, Germany: Cell signalling and its implications for brain disorders (co-chair)
Sam Olum, Gulu University, Uganda: Clinical features of nodding syndrome
Charlie Arber, University College London, UK: Induced pluripotent stem cell models of Alzheimer’s disease (co-chair)
Sarosh Irani, Oxford, UK: Insights into how autoantibodies are made and cause disease in the CNS


Tuesday 25th April 2023

11:50 - 12:50 BST -  The Guarantors of Brain Plenary Lecture

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Stem cells and the cellular basis of neuropsychiatric diseases 
Meng Li, Cardiff University UK

Meng Li

15:30 - 17:10 WORKSHOP - The future of publishing in translational neuroscience (Full information)
Session convened by the Guarantors of Brain.
Topic: Other (e.g. History, teaching, outreach, etc) 
Phil Bishop, OUP, UK: Open Access publishing and where we are with Plan S
Masud Husain, University of Oxford, UK: The view from the Editor’s desk: Publishing in Brain
Jeff Dalley, University of Cambridge, UK: Publishing in Brain and Neuroscience Advances and registered reports
Manuela Marescotti, University of Edinburgh, UK: The lack of gender bias in editorial processes at Brain Communications